A's Acquire Two Double-A Relievers For Davis





The Deal
The Athletics deemed outfielder Rajai Davis the odd man out after the club's acquisition of David DeJesus in trade. Oakland swapped the swift center fielder to the Blue Jays for a pair of Double-A righthanded relievers in Danny Farquhar and Trystan Magnuson.

A righthanded batter, Davis has been more productive versus lefthanded pitchers, batting .292/.347/.402 in 499 career plate appearances. His .694 OPS against righties makes him a less-than-ideal option for everyday play, though he can contribute with his speed and defense.
 
Athletics Acquire
Danny Farquhar, rhp
Age: 23.
Born: Feb. 17, 1987 in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 180. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Louisiana-Lafayette.
Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in 10th round of 2008 draft; signed June 30, 2008.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
New Hampshire (EL) AA 4 3 3.52 53 0 17 77 50 32 30 7 42 79 1.20

Used as closer for Double-A New Hampshire, Farquhar continued to be wildly effective (4.9 walks per nine innings) as a sinker/slider reliever with two distinct arm slots. He prefers to drop down to side-arm and pitch at 88-92 mph with sink. From that angle, he makes use of both sides of the plate and mixes in a low-80s sweeping slider. From his three-quarters slot, Farquhar shows more velocity (up to 95) as well as a different version of his slider, a change and a cutter. He could be an important piece in a quality bullpen, perhaps working as set-up man.
 
Trystan Magnuson, rhp
Age: 25.
Born: June 6, 1985 in Vancouver, B.C.
Ht.: 6-7. Wt.: 210. Bats: L. Throws: R.
School: Louisville.
Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in supplemental first round (56th overall) of 2007 draft; signed July 11, 2007.

Club (League) Class W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
New Hampshire (EL) AA 3 0 2.58 46 0 5 73 70 22 21 1 10 63 1.09

Drafted as a fifth-year senior, Magnuson has moved essentially one level per season and, consequently, has been older than his competition. His career prospects perked up after a full-time move to the bullpen in 2009, culminating in a fine 2010 season in Double-A that featured six times as many strikeouts (63) as walks (10). Magnuson works ahead of batters with a 92-94 mph sinker that plays up because of his 6-foot-7 stature. He'll mix in a high-80s cutter/slider that's just OK and a splitter that's comfortably below-average. Eastern League lefthanded batters saw Magnuson better than did righties, hitting .281/.320/.380 against him. Compare that with the muted .237/.258/.276 batting line that righties managed.
 
Blue Jays Acquire
Rajai Davis, cf/lf
Age: 30. Bats: R. Remaining Commitment: Arbitration-eligible for 2011-13 seasons ($1.35 million salary in '10).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
S.F./Oak. (NL/AL) 2008 .243 113 214 30 52 5 4 3 19 8 40 29 .272 .346
Oakland (AL) 2009 .305 125 390 65 119 27 5 3 48 29 70 41 .360 .423
Oakland (AL) 2010 .284 143 525 66 149 28 3 5 52 26 78 50 .320 .377
3-Year Totals .283 381 1129 161 320 60 12 11 119 63 188 120 .325 .387

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